The following Scholarship is available for the upcoming academic year:
The Durham Inspired Joel Donovan QC Law Scholarship provides up to £2,250, per Scholar, for the first year of the undergraduate LLB programme. Typically, three new Scholars are selected from each first-year intake. This scholarship is funded by Joel Donovan QC, an alumnus of Durham Law School.
The Joel Donovan QC Law Scholarships
Durham Law School is a socially inclusive law school. It has a mission of social mobility for all, regardless of background. The School is one of the top performing departments in the University’s access and participation ambition, with 7.2% of its entrants identifying as Black UK domiciled students (2021 -2022). It seeks to attract and then enable young scholars to meet their aspirations by removing economic obstacles that may stand in their way. Its distinguished alumni support this mission. I am, therefore, delighted that alumnus Joel Donovan QC has established this generous scholarship to support three UK Black Heritage Students of African, Caribbean, Dual, or Mixed heritage to pursue undergraduate study at Durham Law School. I cordially invite all eligible to apply for it.
Prof Volker Roeben
Dean, Durham Law School
Year of Entry
Applicants for programmes commencing in 2022/23
Number of awards available
Three awards available
Level of study
Mode of study
Value of scholarsip
£2,250 for the first year of study
Deadline for applications
No later than 23:59 BST on 27 March 2022
“I was privileged enough to be able to study Law at Durham, and without paying fees. It was an opportunity which transformed my life. It is my further great privilege to be able to offer, through this Scholarship, a modest helping hand to Black members of the student law community – and those, still too few, who aspire to join them. I am greatly looking forward to meeting the successful applicants (if they are willing to do so – not an entry requirement!)”
Joel Donovan QC, St Aidan’s – BA Law, 1986
Previous Law Scholar, Samuel, Trevelyan College, says:
“I am writing this letter to express my thanks, appreciation and honour for being the recipient of your Scholarship. I left school at 16 with no qualifications, I never thought I’d be going to university, let alone Durham, let alone being awarded such a generous scholarship. If I’m honest it all feels like a dream.
I have been overwhelmed with the amount of opportunity has been available to me at Durham university. This year, I am the welfare officer for the People of Colour Association, the Campaigns officer for the Students with Disabilities association, I qualified as a first aider with, Durham Links, the universities branch of St John’s Ambulance and I was able to volunteer at the London Marathon. I am also the Campaigns officer for the Northern Society, the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic officer for the Labour Club and BAME rep for the LGBT+ association. None of this would have been possible without the financial aid I am receiving thanks to your Scholarship.
I was always told when I was younger that I would never even be a manager in McDonald’s, and now I am being incredibly blessed by these amazing institutions that I only ever feared growing up. You are doing an incredible thing by supporting students from backgrounds like mine, I honestly can’t thank you enough for the positive impact you are having on my life.”
You are eligible for this Scholarship if:
you are commencing your studies at Durham Law School in October 2022; and
your official fee status is a Home student; and
your household income has been assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) (or equivalent) as below £25,000 at the start of the 2022/23 academic year; and
you have been educated at a state-maintained UK school, college or other education provider for the whole of your education; (or, in the case of Asylum seekers and refugees the whole of your education since arrival in the UK); and
you are of Black Heritage - African, Caribbean, Dual or Mixed Heritage (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Other Black background)
Please note that receipt of the funds will be dependent on receiving an offer to study at Durham University, meeting entry conditions, and taking up a place with us.
Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.
How to Apply for The Joel Donovan QC Law Scholarship
Apply for Joel Donovan Scholarship
Submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS, prior to the scholarship deadline
We give thanks for the generous donation that makes this scholarship available.
Scholarship applications will be considered on the basis of their ability to meet the eligibility criteria and academic potential.
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